I love a compelling story. So much so, I majored in English as an undergraduate…and I’m also a member of two book clubs.
When I went back to school for my master’s in business, I realized that these professors cared about stories just as much as my English professors did – they just called it by another name: the customer journey. Traditionally, marketing experts depicted the customer journey in a linear framework, from awareness to advocacy.
In the early 2000s, McKinsey & Co. revolutionized the notion of customer journeys, unveiling a new non-linear shape. Customers, they said, inhabit a journey “loop,” with four discrete stages: […]
Whenever I Google “pizza delivery near me,” I’m overwhelmed by the number of options I have at my disposal. That’s why it’s important for any restaurant – but particularly those in highly competitive spaces – to think about what they’re offering customers that sets them apart from the competition.
When restaurant owners think about how their customers decide between them and their competitors, they often think that people’s decisions are made primarily based on food and customer experience. While that’s still true, there’s a crucial third element that consumers use to choose among their options — how restaurants use technology to facilitate guest engagement. […]
If you go on a first date but aren’t able to establish a connection, it’s usually no big deal. After all, there are plenty of other fish in the sea! But when you operate a restaurant and you’re not compatible with your guests, that’s a different story. Those are the fish in the sea — and your business is only as strong as your compatibility with your customers.
From grocery stores and restaurants to alternative meal sources like Blue Apron, guests have a vast number of options when it’s time to eat, and the list is growing all the time. And with that many options guests will quickly lose interest in a restaurant if they encounter anything that disrupts a convenient and pleasant dining experience.
The problem for restaurants is that in many cases they are disrupting their customers’ experiences — creating friction in what otherwise should be a smooth and easy interaction — without realizing it. […]
How do sports impact restaurants — and even the revenue of non-sports-theme restaurants? Here are a few quick statistics: When Lebron James returned to Cleveland and the Cavaliers, the city saw a 30%-200% increase in local restaurant revenue.
His return boosted restaurant revenue all year long, including during winter, Cleveland’s traditional restaurant off-season.
Experts estimate that his return was worth $500 million to the city of Cleveland.
Sports mean big money for the restaurant industry — with or without your city’s own Lebron James.
But it’s likely that if you’re not a sports bar or sports-themed restaurant, you may have viewed sports promotions as outside of your purview. Not only is that a mistake, but it’s a costly one.
The sports industry is worth $73 billion and growing. In a nutshell, there are four ways to take advantage […]